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    How can I manage feet, calf and thigh cramps?

    I've been suffering from very severe painful cramping in my whole leg from foot to thighs I try stretching and walking but they continue last night my left leg was that bad when I tried to walk it felt very weak. Any suggestions regarding what to do for my cramps? Thankyou
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  • Lisa Potocnik

    Massage Therapist

    Hi I'm Lisa, I want to help people live without muscular pain and tension and educate them how to do so. Have you ever felt like … View Profile

    There are a number of reasons this may be happening:

    • Potassium and/or Magnesium deficiency
    • Dehydration
    • Muscle Strain/overworked/fatigued

    If you are experiencing any other symptoms ie. rash, back pain, difficulty balancing; consult your GP.

    If not you may find a Remedial Massage from a qualified therpist might help.

  • Dr. Aaron Albrecht works at Body Wise Chiropractic in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. The clinic is located within a gym, and Dr. Albrecht is the … View Profile

    As lisa mentioned, there may be a few causes for these symptoms of ongoing cramps, the most common I have encountered are those that she lists. Magnesium can be a fantastic supplement in the treatment of cramps, but make sure you consult your pharmacist or other health care professional prior to taking it, as there may be interactions with other medications you are on.

    If the condition is arising due to persistent trigger points in the muscles, physical therapies can help reduce the trigger points at the site (this may involve dry needle acupuncture, remedial massage, TENS and home stretches), while assessment of the nervous input to the lower limb may reveal underlying causes, such as spinal restrictions resulting in nerve inhibition or inflammation.

    As a chiropractor, I provide all of the above modalities, and I am sure there are several practitioners in your area who would be glad to help. If you are in the region of Fremantle, in Western Australia, feel free to get in touch.

    Regards,

    Aaron

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